Aspiring barrister Nicholas De Lacy-Brown was the first to be booted off the new series of The Apprentice last week and spoke to The Lawyer‘s student publication Lawyer2B following his eviction.
De Lacy-Brown said that securing a pupillage with civil set Crown Office Chambers was far more difficult than anything he had experienced at the hands of Sir Alan Sugar.
“I had 18 pupillage interviews and didn’t manage to get one job. I found that incredibly frustrating and decided I needed a change of direction. That’s why I decided to apply to The Apprentice,” he explained.
He is at a loss as to why he kept being rejected (viewers may have some suggestions), but he does believe the bar selection process is still biased towards Oxbridge graduates.
He added that he hoped his appearance on the show would not be detrimental to his legal career. “Selling fish and confronting Sir Alan in the boardroom have bugger all to do with being a lawyer,” he said. “People would be ridiculous to compare the two with each other.”
Spoken like a true barrister.